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, the debate drama. the president tries to rally after mitt romney's big night. what insiders tell us today about why the president was off his game. >>> breaking news. those loose passenger seats force american airlines to ground 48 planes tonight, causing even more delays and cancelled flights. >>> health alert. a mysterious outbreak of meningitis, deaths, serious illness. and it's linked to a treatment for back pain which was somehow contaminated. >>> real money. can we put thousands of dollars in your pocket right now? doubling the value of that old car in your driveway. >>> good evening. we begin with that question we heard asked across the country today. what was going on with president obama at the big debate with governor mitt romney last night? we have learned that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's jake tapper, he is in wisconsin, traveling
. governor romney fueled by his debate performance in florida all weekend long drawing his biggest crowds yet and president obama with that new unemployment number back to where it was when he took office teaming up with bill clinton in california, and clinton will be on the campaign trail all week, and this as a new gallup poll showing a tighter race after the debate. the president now up by just three points after being up by six points at his peak. abc's david kerley is on the campaign trail tonight in florida. >> reporter: 9,000 flag-waving romney supporters jammed the town square, 6,000 last night, all ready to turn the president out of office. >> you all have the chance to hear his answers or his not answers -- nonanswers. now, of course, days later we're hearing his excuses, and next january we'll be watching him leave the white house for the last time. >> reporter: team romney is feeling the momentum from his debate performance, and the obama campaign is admitting even the president realizes he didn't perform at his peak. >> i think you can assume that he's reviewed the tape, and it w
or break week for president obama and governor romney. hunkering down, cramming for the big debate. what are their secrets to land the knockout punch? >>> peanut butter. a massive recall expanding tonight. we'll tell you which symptoms could spell trouble for you and your family. >>> and, oscar stunner. the new host for the academy awards. not a movie star. why fans of the "family guy" are having the last laugh tonight. >> victory is mine! >>> good evening from "world news." and we begin with breaking news. an american airlines plane has been forced to land under strange circumstances. a whole row of seats shaken loose,passengers upended. and this is the second time seats have come loose and forced a landing in three days. so, what is going on? for the latest on what happened today, let's go right to abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> 685, what can i do for you? >> roger. got an unusual one for you. >> reporter: no one can remember this happening before. not passengers, so rattled they didn't want to be identified. >> the seats flipped backwards and, so, people were essen
to be there. >> reporter: most agree romney led the debate. and after lagging in many polls, this first match-up could give him the boost he needed. >> knowing he's behind and he needs to win. and he came in and fought that fight stylistically. i think he put the president on defense a number of times. >> reporter: now, the candidates aren't wasting any time. they're getting back on the campaign trail today. and the big next week when the vice presidential candidates go one-on-one in kentucky. live in denver, brandi hitt. back to you. >> big issues and controversies in the headlines last few weeks, never mentioned last night. >> reporter: definitely. that's what's interesting, rob and paula. you talk to the analysts. and a lot of people were waiting for president obama to bring up mitt romney's past at bain capital. and that 47% comment he made over the last couple of weeks. abc news spoke to the romney campaign and they were also surprised. they had pressed mitt romney to answer these questions. and they don't know why the president didn't bring it up, either. i feel these are talking points
. >> reporter: why did you give romney an a? >> debates are about expectations. and i think on style, romney didn't get tripped up in any of his awkward moments that he's become pretty well known for on the campaign trail, so, in my mind, he was testellar. he connected. and i thought he communicated a very clear and strategic and thematic case. and i think that leads into substance. >> reporter: style, you gave him a c? >> he looked good, but overall i thought that he was just a little bit too aggressive, a little bit too attack, attack, attack. >> reporter: he's got the mt. ru rushmore look. you gave him a b? >> he came in with a plan and he came -- he came in to win. he came here tonight to win. a boxer walking into a ring, knowing he's behind and he needs to win and he fought that fought. so, stylistically, he put the president on the defensive a number of times. a b. i'm a hard a, but a b is very good. >> reporter: all right, so, the president comes out there, he's the president, got the trappings of the office around him. on style, how do you grade him? >> a b. >> reporter: b. >> i gave
. >> good morning. i'm rob nelson. with a successful debate performance under his belt, mitt romney is distancing himself from his own words about the 47%. >> in the past, he stood by the comments. but overnight, there was a major change. abc's tahman bradley joins us from washington, with more. tahman? >> reporter: good morning, rob and reena. mitt romney is showing a lot of confidence on the stump. and we'll see if his strong debate performance gives him a boost in the polls. but for now, romney is trying to put to rest a controversy that's dogged him for weeks. with his campaign reenergized after a strong showing in wednesday's debate, mitt romney took on the controversy, surrounding his comments that 47% of americans are dependent on government. shortly after a tape of his comments were released, romney said his remarking were not eloquently stated. but in an interview on fox news, he offered a new explanation. >> it's completely wrong. and i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> reporter: president obama, meanwhile, is trying to rebound
will be introduced first. both wives playing the role of debate partner. mrs. romney telling cnn it's been her most important role during the campaign. >> it's a cute thing that he does, almost after every answer. he finds me in the audience. as soon as he gets on stage, the first thing he does is, he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium. but then he writes "dad." >> reporter: romney's father, the one-time michigan governor, who also ran for president. and the first lady acknowledging her own nerves. >> i get so nervous at these debates and, you know, i'm like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam. you just are standing there, trying not to, you know, have any expression at all. >> reporter: advice that comes on the same day they mark something else. >> this is from me to you, honey, happy 20th anniversary. >> reporter: they will likely mark their anniversary with a private dinner after the debate tonight. sasha and malia back in washington, they have school tomorrow. several of the romney boys will be in this debate hall. and one more thing i wanted to show you, dian
ups the ante saying mitt romney will turn the race upside down in the debate. >> you're going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race. >>> our political team with three things to watch for. >>> taking sides, the controversial case unfolding tonight, the mother of five shot and killed by a u.s. border agent, but what happened just beforehand? tonight two very different accounts. >>> lake invaders. what's happening to america's lakes? the living, breathing organism that can now be seen from space and the threat the families living nearby. tonight, our correspondent right in the middle of it with the new warning. >>> and sidelined. for the first time we're hearing from one of those replacement refs. the moment that had even the ref wanting to cry. what he's saying about it all. >>> good evening. it is great to have you with us here on a sunday night. there are just 37 days until the election, but tonight we are focused on a more urgent countdown. just three days until that crucial first debate between president obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters t
's on for the president and mitt romney, hunkering down today to prep for the first debate. and a brand-new poll shows who most voters expect to win in november. >>> ticketer shock, looking for the most popular things we buy. why a diaper supply shortage. >>> and open book. he realized his housekeeper's son was his. >>> and collision course, with a skateboard and a deer that comes out of nowhere. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller. rob nelson is off this morning. >> and i'm paula faris. we begin this monday, the 1st of october, can you believe it? with a new abc news poll it comes just as the presidential candidates come out. >> tahman bradley starts us off from washington. >> reporter: good morning. it's hard to believe that the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manage the speculati
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>> president obama and mitt romney duke it out over the economy in the first debate of three. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. a particularly strong showing from mitt romney tonight on key topics ranging from the economy to health care. >> abc7 news political reporter mark matthews is here with a look at this first big match up. >> no knockout punches tonight, nothing we will see over and over again on television, but mitt romney did what he needed to do. mitt romney ran to the middle saying lowering the tax rates for wealthy americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we should provide tax relief to those in the middle class. but i am not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit the de tucks -- deductions to the risk. >> it is knot possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to either avoid raising the deficit or burdennenning the middle class. it is math. it is arithmetic. >> on health care -- >> first
already this morning after last night's debate. strong showing by romney who criticized the president on the economy. the pair also brought the sluggish economy with romney promising to close tax loopholes and limit deductions. mr. obama says that plan will hurt the struggling middle class. >> the president: it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. the it is math, arithmetic. >> pundits this morning are saying romney's aggressive perform was what he needed. >> -- performance was what he needed. >>> a poll conducted last night immediately after the debate found 67% of registered voters went for mitt romney. 25% went for president obama. cnn conducted the poll with 430 americans. >>> next debate takes play week from today in kentucky when vice president biden and congressman ryan face off. abc 7 will air that debate live. >>> stock market opens up in less than 30 minutes. this morning investors will be keeping a close eye on helmand province, -- on hp, st
on the campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. so both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can h
ball, but two, two enormous balls. ha-ha-ha! >> mitt romney won the debate last night, which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. he kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was trying to find something on apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged obama's performance is if the body of bin laden could have fell from the ceiling onto the stage. >> obama could have waterboarded alladin, put down blue, deported dora the explorer and won walking away. romney won with the sound off. look up, look up. what are you writing's so important? oh, that's -- that is impressive work. >> oh, my gosh, i love that. >> finally, to another race, one as close as the presidential contest. >> family circle's, cookie bake-off, ann romney's m & m, versus michelle obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies. >> another waner by 51 pptd 5% to 41.5%, 287 votes, michelle obama takes the sweep. here's a look at the cooki
administration. romney had a swagger. he's riding a wave of momentum after last week's debate. latest poll taken after the denver show count has the race tied at 47 among registered voters. president obama had a five point advantage in the three days leading in the debate. the same poll found voters overwhelmingly said romney won't debate, the biggest debate win ever recorded by gallup. bigger than clinton's 42 point margin over bush.4!zf[ç in los angeles last night musicians lent their support. mr. obama thanked the performers and threw in a not so subtle reference to his debate performance. >> the president: they perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: with the polls tightening the pressure is on vice president biden who squares off against ryan thursday night. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> senator feinstein has called for a federal investigation into record gas prices we are pail. today's report shows san francisco averages $4.74 for regular oakland and san jose $4.68. those prices are 50 cents a gallon higher than a week ago. the senator h
reenergized after a strong showing in wednesday's debate mitt romney took on the controversy surrounding his comments that 47% of americans are dependent on government. shortly after a tape of his s -- of his comments were released he said his s were not eloquently stated. >> completely wrong. i absolutely believe however that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> reporter: president obama is trying to rebound from what many believe was a lackluster debate before a crowd of 30,000 in wisconsin yesterday he suggested romney's performance was an act. >> the president: i met this spirited fellow to claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney, because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year, promising five trillion dollars in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: campaign advisers were more blunt accusing rom being dishonest on the debate stage. some of the president's supporters and liberal pundits are baffled by what they saw. >> i felt like he should have been more aggressive. >> i don't know what he was doing out t
question, can governor romney double down on his debate win and take control of this race? wiil friday's surprisingly strong jobs report -- >> the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> -- stop his momentum? we'll ask top advisers to both candidates, robert gibbs for obama, ed gillespie for romney. then insight and analysis on our powerhouse round table with our favorite political odd couple, james carville and mary matalin, plus nobel prize winner paul krugman of "the new york times," peggy noonan from "the wall street journal" and abc's jonathan karl. then -- >> and what would you like for christmas, little boy? get off. >> the week's other political slugfest, bill o'reilly joins us live this morning. >> from abc news, "this week" with george stephanopoulos. it's "your voice, your vote." reporting from abc news election headquarters, george stephanopoulos. >> hello, again, just 30 days now until the final votes, and after the most intense week yet of this campaign, mitt romney has momentum. national polls show him gaining ground, and his crowds have
that the middle class pain was due to bush policies. that romney and ryan want to repeat. the debate symbolizes a problem for the president. even though the economic collapse happened under bush, four years later, families are still hurting. many in the middle class are barely treading water. all guaranteed fodder for tomorrow night's debate in denver. the first lady is making her way there. first stop in ohio. >> are you fired up? >> reporter: where early voting began today. >> are we going sit back and watch everything we worked for and fought for to just slip away? >> reporter: ann romney got to colorado before her. >> we have a debate coming up. we're excited about that. we're focused. >> reporter: family members' nerves are on edge, as josh romney confided to diane in august. >> i hate the debates. trying to sit there and be cool and keep a smile on your face. inside you want to fall down. >> reporter: four years ago, michelle obama would get so nervous during the debates she didn't like to watch them. she'll be there tomorrow in the debate hall. we turn to david muir who is there. david?
head-to-head during the first presidential debate. at a rally last night in denver, romney previewed one of his lines of attack. >> we had 43-straight weeks of unemployment above 8%. and what does the president say to all this? he says forward. i think forewarned a better term. >> reporter: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate has spent many hours practicing. he'll huddle again with advise herbs practicing today. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> he's playing president obama in the mock debates we have. i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> andrea? hi. this is barack obama. how are you? that's right. >> reporter: it was just a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has been rehearsing for days. senator john kerry is playing the role of romney in president obama's pract
romney in last week's debate. abc's reena ninan has the details. >> reporter: big byrd took to the high road on "saturday night live." >> before you go, do you have any political statements you'd like to make? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers. >> reporter: but many ruffles were feathered as he was mentioned in the campaign. >> i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i love pbs. i love big bird. i look you too. >> somebody's getting tough on big bird. elmo, you'd better make a run for it. >> reporter: campaign surrogates keeping it alive in the fight over big government spending. >> he's taken the battle straight to "sesame street" and let wall street run hog wild. >> reporter: so was it a mistake targeting america's favorite yellow bird? >> he wasn't targeting. he was just pointing to one example. big byrd is pretty successful. >> reporter: but the truth is the show relies on less than 0.1% of federal funding from federal particulars. after the debate, some 17,000 tweets per minute came in about #bigbird. >> welcome to the middle class, big bird. despite or because of it big bir
. >> reporter: also in virginia, mitt romney's post-debate momentum ran smack right into those breakthrough numbers. >> more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: romney tried to spin the unemployment rate. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> reporter: the president, who spoke before romney, saw that charge coming. >> today's news, certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy, to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: but there was more. when the former ceo of general electric took to twitter and the air waves, suggesting the obama campaign cooked the numbers. >> i don't know what the right number is. but i'll tell you, these numbers don't smell right when you think about where the economy is right now. >> reporter: many experts laughed off the charge. but the labor secretary, whose department compiles the monthly report, was not laughing. >> i'
six-pack debate by any stretch. there weren't a lot of bright spots for the president. this was romney's night. everyone on both side saying that. one effective thing the president did, pointed out romney is still short on details on a few key things, health care plan, his tax care plan, as well as as frank-dodd. did he score any points as far as romney being a blank canvas? >> there were a few vulnerabilities when you talked about entitlements, tax plans, he has to square these numbers. he dug himself some holes, that the obama campaign can dig him into even more. it's going to be difficult for him to square those things in a future debate. i think there is possible areas of opportunity there. this was not something that even the most dedicated partisans can paint as a good night for president obama. >> you know it's a bad night if opinions are that uniform, huh? >> exactly. the next presidential debate, tuesday, october 16th. >> thank you, rick. >> thanks. >> thank you, guys. >>> our coverage of the debate does not end here. we'll take you live to denver, during "america this morning
research >>> after a strong performance in the first presidential debate mitt romney returned to the campaign trail in virginia today using momentum to spell out what he would do to improve the economy and foreign competition. >> people steal our jobs through unfair trading practices as china as, i will hold them accountable and call them on the carpet. we cannot let our jobs be stolen unfairly. >> and in denver, president obama ridiculed romney for cutting public television. >> thank goodness, someone is getting tough on big bird. finally. it's about time. we didn't know big bird was driving the federal deficit. >> the president's campaign says mr. obama will take a different approach at the next debate following what most considered a disappointing performance. aides say the president will focus on romney's candor, calling him a liar but using softer terms. >> people seem to agree mitt romney scored a win in the debate. president obama told a denver awed -- audience romney misrepresented himself. >> there did the president tell the truth? truth is that that is not what is go
and crucial debate. both candidates cramming in private. the stakes could not be higher for romney behind now in the battleground states. abc's jake tapper is in las vegas where the president has set up his debate camp. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right, both campaigns have been intensity participating in mock debates. president obama working on keeping his answers concise. mitt romney, his aides say, is getting used to the one-on-one format, with the race so tight, anything could happen and so much could ride on tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start the day tomorrow with a workout. he's an elliptical machine kind of guy. meanwhile, the president is at this posh resort in nevada where he'll no doubt also be hitting the gym before getting another day of de
of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderated 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues. and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute s
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debate we did see a strong showing from mitt romney on topics from the economy to health care. mark matthews has a look at first match-up. [ applause ] >> reporter: mitt romney ran to the middle telling the country lowering the tax rates for wealth any americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. i'm not going to reduce share of taxes paid by high income people. >> reporter: romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit reductions to the rich. >> the president: it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdenning the middle class, it is math, -- arithmetic. >> i like the way we did it in massachusetts. >> reporter: romney said he would repeople obama care but not all the parts people like. >> number one, preexisting conditions are covered under my plan. young people are able to stay on their family plan. >> the president: what your plan does is duplicate what already law. >> reporter: the
wasting no time after their debate in denver. romney's campaign got a boost in momentum thanks to his aggressive critique of mr. obama's handling of the economy. but mr. obama fought back asking for specifics about how he would help the middle class. >> reporter: the first debate started with a shand shake -- which handshake and smile between president obama and mitt romney. then it quickly focused on the economy. >> the president: five million jobs in the private sector created. auto industry has come roaring back. housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night but his comments about the 47% has taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried, crushed. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle income families. >> reporter: the president challenged his rifle saying romney cannot keep his -- his rival saying romney cannot keep
in campaign cash. meanwhile, mitt romney riding his post-debate momentum into a must-win state for him, florida, it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's david kerley is in orlando with 30 days to go. david, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. you know, mitt romney is really trying to build on that debate momentum, so he's spending another day here in florida where the campaign says that the race is tightening, and romney got one of his biggest crowds ever last night in a state he really has to win. [ cheers ] >> that was a florida welcome. thank you so much. >> reporter: one of mitt romney's biggest crowds ever, more than 6,000 supporters near orlando in a state he needs to win. >> we're going to overcome the challenges we have. i'm counting on florida to win this for me on november 6th. >> yes. >> reporter: the crowd energized about the candidate's chances after that first debate. >> when it came to jobs and the economy, he doesn't really have anything to add to what he's been doing over the last four years. i don't think we could afford four more years li
. it was a big night for the white house. president obama and mitt romney facing off in the first crucial debate in denver. romney came in behind. he took the debate last night. overnight polls give romney the win. the question, now, will it boost him enough in those key battleground states? >> it was the most tweeted event in social history. our political team is standing by with a full roundup of the night. and what this means for both candidates, with just 33 days to go until the final vote. >> we're closing in right now. >>> and josh and sam, boy, you had a special visit yesterday. robin tweeted out the first picture since her transplant of your visit. >> sam and i went, hoping to raise her spirits. the morning after, our spirits remain raised. it was a beautiful afternoon. >> can't wait to hear more about it. >>> let's get more about the first big debate. "your voice, your vote." our powerhouse political team is covering all of the angles. jake, even president obama's team is conceding that mitt romney gained ground last night. >> that's right, george. obama campaign officials conceding tha
for president of the united states. republican mitt romney behind democrat barack obama in polls first debate in two days and there is a report could change for better or worse. >> this campaign going on nearly two years and it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to start paying attention. president obama reversing with senator john carey. and both have challenges and check lists. there is president obama working on shorter answers. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful not appearing irritated or -- impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions so it's more of his mannerisms and style z way it comes across. >> and mitt romney has to seem relatable after his comments and how can you do that? and connect with voters? >> there are all three of the things he suffered so on those three c's he's got do well. >> there is romney heading to colorado to continue prep. last night he tried to lower expectations a bit. >> there governor romney is a good debateor, i'm just okay. >> americans found 56% expect the president to
are practicing for the first debate tomorrow night. the stage is being set at the university of denver, romney will need a stellar performance to turn the tide of polling that has him trailing the president in many of the nine battleground states expected to decide the elect. last night in denver, romney previewed one of his lines of tack. >> we've had 43 straight months of unemployment above 8%. what he does the president have to say? he says forward. i think forewarned is a better turn. >> as for president obama, he took a break from practice debate yesterday to visit workers at a nevada campaign office, making a few calls to voters. abc news will buy you live coverage starting at 6:00 right here. >>> if you are flying with spirit airlines you want to pay attention to a new rule. airlines says f you don't pay for your carry-on in advance you will have to pay $100, at the gate for each piece. spirit is one of the few carriers who charge for carry-ons if you tell the airline in advance it is between $20 to $35 a bag. airline says it is necessary to speed up boarding. if that were true why woul
who is going to have the best zingers. no, no. governor romney, he's a great debater. >> reporter: the new poll shows him with the razor-thin lead among voters. when voters are asked who they expect to win, 63% of voters told us they think the president will win in november. as for the all important debate, 56% said they expect the president to win. both campaigns deep in debate prep. both trying to lower expectations. >> all right. >> reporter: with one notable exception. republican chris christie telling george, expect a difference race. >> when we get to thursday morning, george, you'll be shaking your head saying it's a brand new race. >> reporter: and if the president argues that romney wants to cut taxes for the rich, christie's response -- >> stop lying. he's saying that the wealthy will pay just as much. >> reporter: romney does say he would eliminate tax cuts across the board, but would lower common deductions, too. with the new poll showing the majority expecting the president to win the debate, the president's focus will be to avoid unforced errors. like president bush
. >> president obama and mitt romney facing off in the first of three debates. abc's karen travers is in denver with a preview. >> reporter: with president obama and mitt romney doing final debate preps, their running mates hit the campaign trail. vice president biden was speaking about romney's economic plans when he said this. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> reporter: republicans call it a stunning admission that the middle class has been hurt by the obama administration's policies. congressman paul ryan pounced. >> of course, the middle class has been buried. they're being buried by regulations. they're being buried by taxes. is they're being buried by borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administrations economic failures. >> reporter: biden later tried to dig himself out. >> the middle class was buried by the policies of romney and the ryan supported. >> reporter: except for debate prep, it was a politics-free day for the presidential contenders. romney had lunch at chipotle while president obama paid a visit to th
. so far big bird is declining all appearances. the giant yellow puppet is hurt after the debate. mitt romney admitted he loves big bird but republican presidential nominee said he would slash funding to pbs which airs sesame street. the twitter sphere lit up, someone started a fired big bird account writing elmo needs help filing unemt employment forms, no thumb autos our coverage continues of the debate. what was true and accurate? >> a major fraud bust, 100 officials arrested in a case worth millions of dollars. >> and what is nearly a >>> both presidential candidates back out on the campaign trail today. and there is president obama spent the morning in denver before heading to wisconsin for an afternoon rally. >> mitt romney saying you're not entitled to makeup your own facts. we've checked on what both had to say and whether or not it was factual. biggest dispute was over tax autos governor romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> i don't have a $5 trillion kachl tut can you tell. >> governor romney's proposal calls for a $5 dwrinl tax cut. >> i'm in the
to go, a new race. national polls show mitt romney getting a real bounce out of the debate win. we'll have the latest on that ahead. >>> also ahead, we'll have the latest on the escalating meningitis outbreak. the number of cases more than doubling over the weekend to 91. dr. besser joining us with what you need to know right now. >>> and we have some big news for one of our family members, sam. [ applause ] many of you know his fantastic news. over the weekend, do you want to tell, or shall i? >> i -- i drks i -- i was -- i got engaged. [ applause ] >> there's the ring. >> thank you. yeah, thank you very much. and the amazing response from folks all over the country was just incredible for us. and i thank you. and we'll talk about that. >> we have a wedding to plan. >> we got a wedding to plan. >> so excited, sam. we'll talk more about that coming up. >>> that's right, sam is leading off the show because we have freezing weather headlines to talk about. after the third hottest summer on record, the u.s. is getting a quick turnaround with winter-like air. look that snow. so many pe
romney squaring off in that first debate. it's going to be held in denver. today the president is doing prep work in nevada while his challenger travels to denver for a campaign rally. familiar faces from both parties are going to hit the sunday talk shows for a preview. >> president obama's a very gifted -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. this is mitt's first time on on this kind a stage. >> but he's got to relax, show a little sense of humor. he's got to show why he's likeable. >> wednesday evening's debate at university of denver will focus on domestic issues. >> yes. >> that ought to be very interesting. >> jobs, economy, health care, et cetera. >> and they'll have a suitcase full of zingers prepared to just hurl back and forth at each other. >> i thought that it was interesting, the expectations. people expect president obama by 2-1 to win the election. that's not necessarily who they're endorsing. whereas if you look at just a year ago, by an 18-point margin, people thought the president would lose. just in a matter of one year. >>
the first crucial debate. more than 50,000 people expected to watch tonight. president obama and mitt romney understand going the last of the preparations. and let's begin with jake tapper. the latest stab at setting tonight's agenda. the resurfacing of a speech president obama gave in 2007. >> reporter: good morning, george. five years ago, the remarks that then senator obama gave were covered. but not the sections when he ad lib ed. conserves are calling it explosive. the obama campaign is calling it a desperate attempt to change the subject. speaking to the largely african-american hampton university ministers conference in june 2007, then-senator obama went off his prepared remarks. >> this really steams me up. >> reporter: using a different speaking style than usual. obama charged new orleans, post hurricane katrina, was supposed to get disaster funds from the stafford fund. a requirement waived for other disaster victims. >> when 9/11 happened in new york city, they waived the stafford act. said this is too serious a problem. we can't expect new york city to rebuild on its own. >> repo
. and a boost for the president, just days after his disappointing debate performance against a challenger who came ready. >> but you've been president four years. you've been president four years. >> reporter: for months now, central to mitt romney's stump speech, his laser focus on unemployment above 8%. >> 40 straight months. not been below 8% for 41. for 42. 43 straight months with unemployment. >> reporter: and just as romney travels to florida this weekend, a message from florida's republican governor before romney even arrived. the governor tweeting about huge economic gains there. "tampa, st. pete, clearwater and miami area experienced largest unemployment rate declines in the country." a tricky balance for romney, arguing voters change course amid an improving picture. romney emphatic it is not going quickly enough. >> the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: but economists say in this jobs report, that's not entirely the case. some have dropped out, but there's also been a surge in the
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